2011-02-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Art Takes Flight
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Beach,” photograph by Stephanie Schmidt. One of the artworks in “The Life of Still Objects,” on view through March 27 in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. “Beach,” photograph by Stephanie Schmidt. One of the artworks in “The Life of Still Objects,” on view through March 27 in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. A dual arts event on Sunday, February 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center brings to light the ecological and emotional power exerted by our bay on its artists. “RAA on the Bay” is an exhibit, presently at the center through February 27, of paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by RAA members that vibrate with the beauty, moods and intangible inspirations of the bay and its surroundings. To celebrate the exhibit and the bay, “Words for the Birds and Art in the Park” will feature the RAA Writers Group performing readings of prose, poetry and short plays created by local writers influenced variously by their surroundings. The afternoon will include live performances of acoustic music. The event is free and open to the public.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is located on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. To learn more about this year-round local treasure visit: http://www.nyharborparks.org/visit/ja ba.html or call 718-318-4340.

“The Life of Still Objects” is the exhibit now on display in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA through March 27. It presents a variety of approaches and sensibilities by a number of artists to the broadly interpreted genre of still life. Among the best of those artists is photographer Stephanie Schmidt. In “Ocean Study V” and “Beach,” Schmidt photographs a singular massive object in a vast, luminous environment. The result echoes and vibrates with the contrast. Mary Ann McEvoy’s quilt hangings are charming pieces. “Easy Chair” is a whimsical, colorful and beautifully executed work that would light up the wall behind anyone’s easy chair.

Computer Classes for Artists: Instructor Jessica Schulman will hold classes on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. from March 1 - April 12 in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. The class will cover basic computers for the noncomputer literate; uploading your camera’s photos to a computer file and/or a CD; basic editing of your photographs; making a disk to enter shows and proper labeling of CDs; and designing business cards and labels for the back of your work. Due to the fact that practicing the skills taught is essential to becoming proficient, this class is intended for people who have regular access to a computer or will be purchasing one shortly. To register and for class fees, please call the RAA office at 718-474-0861. RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

kidsmART corner

The kidsmART After-School Program 2010-2011 is free. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden. Dates and times: through April 14, 2011; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. On-site registration is available. Applications can also be downloaded from RAA’s Website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org For information call RAA at 718-474-0861.

Fort Tilden Highlights

Still Objects” in sTudio 6, Fort
Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway Center for
the Arts). The exhibit explores the
motion and emotion in the world of
objects that may be still but never
static. On view through March 27.
Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-4
p.m. and by appointment. Free
admission to exhibit, reception and
special events.
EVENT: Sunday, February 27, 2-4
p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge. See column.
ARTISTS: See column.
ADULTS: “Painting With Geoff
Rawling”: Tues. 7-9 p.m., Thurs. 10
a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 6. $20 per
class, supplies included.
Performing artists of all disciplines
invited. sTudio 7 stage. Sign-up:
7:45 p.m. Start time: 8 p.m. Join us.

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